2019 Annual Meeting and Budget Hearing
In accordance with Ch 33.30 (1) of WI Statutes the 41st Annual Meeting and Budget Hearing of the Lake Puckaway Protection and Rehabilitation District was called to order at 10:00 AM on Saturday, June 1, 2019 by Chairman Kurt McCulloch.
in attendance: Kurt McCulloch, Gene Weber, Roger Swanke,
Jeff Kimber, Keith Barnes, and Bob Schweder. Absent: Gary Wilson. Minutes recorded by Melissa
Notices placed in Marquette Tribune, Markesan Regional Reporter, and LPPRD website. 1,015 newsletters mailed to district members.
No changes were made to the agenda. Jeff Kimber made a motion to adopt the agenda; seconded by Gene Weber. Motion passed unanimously.
The secretarys report was issued at the meeting and placed on the website. Michael Raddatz made a motion to suspend the reading of the secretarys report; seconded by Randy Schmidt. Motion passed unanimously.
The treasurers report was handed out at the meeting. Motion by Jeff Kimber to suspend the reading of the report, seconded by Keith Barnes. Motion passed unanimously.
Per DFDM State Project Manager on the Princeton Dam Rehabilitation Project, Brent Binder, general construction bids were received on May 3, 2019. The Princeton Dam project is over budget and the DOA is looking for additional dollars for the overages. The Princeton Dam project has been placed as an agenda item for the financial committee on June 21, 2019, we should know more after that date. The DOA is securing and extending the construction bids until new dollars are found. If the LPPRD is asked to help, a special meeting will be called. The Princeton Dam rehabilitation project is the first priority of the LPPRD board, and we are on hold financially until we know Princeton Dam construction costs are finalized. The Princeton Dam renovation includes a fixed crest dam with a new concrete cap of 16.5 inches higher than the existing dam. No more dam boards will be needed to be set. The plans include replacing the lock channel gates, adding a fish passage or ladder and placing extra heavy rip rap immediately downstream from the dam breaking the water hydraulics.
All four species of endangered terns not only utilized the lake throughout the summer but three of these species had recorded fledging success. The first weekend in May, two tern rafts or artificial nesting platforms were placed behind the east/west dredge banks. Thanks to Randy Schmidt, Rich Pergande, and Gene Weber for their work in prepping the rafts for nesting. We have just recently lost one of the rafts to high water and wind. The dredge bank usually protects this area but the high water level is over the dredge banks. Since 2014, a total of 273 Common Tern chicks have fledged from these rafts. Lake Puckaway project continues to be one of the most successful programs for this critically endangered tern species. Because Common Terns do not nest near vegetation and since the rafts platform raises and lowers with the water changes, they are perfect for annual nesting success.
Randy Schmidt, Rich Pergande, and Paul Gettelman helped out and their summary is as follows:
The WDNR Ted Johnson helped secure a group of LPPRD board members, volunteers and wildlife professionals to study the lake to develop a plan for protecting and rehabilitating the lake. This group met three times. This group came back to the board with a clear message direction to improve the east end of Puckaway and apply for grant dollars. This group reviewed the Army Corp of Engineers wind fetch study and concept designed for improving the east basin as water quality filter area. The goal of LPPRD is to apply for lake grants. The board will need to move quickly. There are grants from $200,000 to possibly up to or just over a million dollars. The plan was to start with rehabilitation of the east/west dredge bank.
Grants are up to about $200,000 per year from the state, and possible that we might get some other grants. We have $100,000 from Ducks Unlimited. We could possibly free up some more money on the dam project. Typically on a grant, you have to have 25% up front, and then later you get reimbursed after the work is done.
A study done by the Army Corp of Engineers in 2018 shows that theres turbine in water and without proper weed growth and barriers, water turns over and brings sediment into the water and also takes the nitrates from the bottom of the lake and stirs them up and kicks it out down the river. The water coming into the lake is fairly clear and when it leaves Puckaway, its dirty. The Lake Management Plan and Shallow Lake Study Group is working to solve this problem. We are in the process of rebuilding the east-west dredge bank, because its the easiest and least expensive, and the most we can gain at this point. We are also thinking about putting islands in that east basin to break the wind. At this point, we dont know how to do the islands; we may only start with a couple, some, or all of them in at the same time. These islands will help with more fishing structure and habitat on one side of that because it will stop the wind from blowing in there and will be the delta going out of Puckaway to filter that material out.
As we go for grants, we have to be specific as each grant is individual. The LPPRD board meets on it and discusses each grant item thats going to be repaired. We are getting help from Derek Kavanaugh and Paul Gunderson from Green Lake County, and they are doing our engineering, and hopefully our construction. The LPPRD is in discussions to get that done. The grant application is a work in progress but the LPPRD board will take the grant level to what we can for improving the lake.
The LPPRD website and Facebook page needs improvement for better and faster communications and ease of use. We either need a volunteer study group or an outside consultant to maintain and update our sites. The board will continue to explore options for improving its use of technology.
Sign-up sheets were provided for people to volunteer for the following:
Public comments varied for 30 minutes. They covered topics of the nitrates coming into the lake, carp removal from the lake, phosphorus levels in the lake, channel buoys, drawdown and the Lake Management Plan.
Chair McCulloch reviewed the proposed budget for 2020 as follows:
SUMMARY OF THE PROPOSED BUDGET FOR 2020
Projected Unexpanded Revenues
from FY 2019 11,000
Anticipated Donations ..200
Anticipated Interest 600
Tax Levy Recommended ..34,200
Administration . ..5,000
Lake Management .. .. .13,500
Hatchery . ..8,000
Rough Fish .. ..10,000
Lake Improvement/Water Quality ..5,500
Tern Raft & Survey .. 4,000
TOTAL REVENUE $46,000
TOTAL EXPENSES $46,000
Probable equalization for 2020 will be $.30/$1,000 or $30 on $100,000 home/property.
Note: Grant Budget (Funds transferred from savings) = $50,000
LAKE DISTRICT EAGLE ACCOUNT BALANCES
AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2018
EAGLE Checking Account . 24,201.30
LPIA Hatchery and Buoy Account . 6,915.15
Money Market Account ... .............93,052.82
CD Total ...142,975.59
TOTAL COMBINED FUNDS $267,144.86
LAKE PUCKAWAY PROTECTION & REHABILITATION DISTRICT
TAX LEVY REPORT 2020
Deb Flagel made a motion to adopt the budget for 2020, seconded by Mark VanderWaal. Motion passed unanimously.
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Two commissioners terms are up (Kurt McCulloch and Jeff Kimber). One commissioner resigning (Gene Weber). Chairman McCulloch passed the gavel to Keith Barnes for the elections.
The first election was for the term of Kurt McCulloch. Mike Raddatz made a motion to nominate Kurt McCulloch; seconded by Jeff Kimber. No opponents. Motion passed unanimously.
The second election was for the term of Jeff Kimber. Keith Barnes made a motion to nominate Jeff Kimber; Mike Raddatz seconded. Bob Schweder made a motion to pass a unanimous vote. Motion passed unanimously.
For Gene Webers vacancy, Willy Stalker was appointed by Kurt McCulloch, seconded by Keith Barnes. Motion passed unanimously.